Guide on Upgrading From Windows 7 to Windows 8.1

Windows 7 users who've been longing and looking for an improved user experience don’t have to wait any longer. Finally, Windows 8.1 is here! And another good news is, the Start Button is back for good.

Microsoft just unleashed version 8.1 as an improvement of its version of an integrated multi-platform operating system that brings a whole new concept. Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 not only launches the Start screen and Windows Store, it also contains advancements and refinements in personalization, improved performance, cloud connectivity, Web radio feature in the included Xbox Music app, better SkyDrive integration to sync files, built-in support for 3D printing, Store apps, Miracast display sharing, as well as the security and reliability options you’d expect from Windows and more awesome hidden features to personalize your PC.

Windows 8.1 brings efficiency for touch screens that make it easier to search your way around. However, it still feels totally natural to use a mouse and keyboard, too. All of them work harmoniously and coherently, making you feel that using a PC is more effortless than ever before. You can also acquire a new important feature that embraces the power and ability to see various searches function that returns results both from the Web and your hard drive, as well as customizing options in upgrading to Windows 8.1.

If you're presently running Windows 7 and want to upgrade to Windows 8.1, the procedure is approximately sleek and straightforward. Yet, there are a few things you need to take note of and before going ahead with the upgrade. There are also a few tweaks to fathom, both in its surface appearance and beyond, and these tips will lead you right up to speed with what is new and updated in the latest operating system.

Unlike upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 where Windows settings, personal files, and most apps are being saved; only your personal files are saved when upgrading from Windows 7. You then ought to re-install all of your software applications. Yes, updating from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 can be done using the Microsoft's Upgrade Assistant. You just need to download and run the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant software.

It is highly recommended that you back up your files particularly the important data, you'll either create a local backup on an external drive, an off-site solution, or you can use both choices. Windows 8.1 update needs more than 3GB of space and minimum of 1GHz processor. Be certain you have enough free space on your hard drive before downloading the operating system. It is also suggested to make sure that your Windows 7 system is up-to-date when you are planning an upgrade. Check for any new updates and install them. If you have enabled automatic Windows Updates, manually run it to make sure everything is good to go, and then restart your system. Give it some time if the Windows 8.1 download still is not accessible. There are times that Microsoft seems to be presuming the update out at different times.

After completing the upgrade, you need to run Windows Update once more as there will be slight updates for the new OS to install. You ought to reinstall the desktop programs that you need, be sure you have the listing of all of the license keys for purchased software. In fact, this is a good time to conduct an inventory of your programs and leave off those you no longer use, for a cleaner and up-to-date system.

Article written by: Maximino Antonio P. Tidalgo IV - Supportrix Tech Engineer